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Nightwork

(1996)
A collection of stories by

 
 
In this, her first collection of stories, Christine Schutt gives exquisite and provocative form to feelings and memories. Nightwork is a masterful dreamwork, revealing our lives with the startling clarity we long for.

A young woman remembers, after a forbidden embrace, the exact quality of her father's skin, "pitted and stubbled under all that color." A girl recalls the strange kingdom that was her grandfather's estate, a place she came to inhabit only through betrayal.

Romantic linkings are often unexpected: mother-son, father-daughter, mother-lover-daughter. In "What Have You Been Doing?" a mother teaches her son how to kiss. In "Dead Men," a woman finds herself unable to be touched by her new lover without experiencing intensely erotic recollections of the lover who is gone.

The stories are sensually detailed and sometimes shocking. Hands, feet, breasts ... bodies are known, as they are known, mostly in bed. "Before the dead man, she had slept by herself with her hands to herself like a poultice."

Here is an Everywoman, voiced from familiar enclosures: a house in the country, an apartment in town. The muted landscapes, too, are an Everyplace made of "wind and slashes of high blue sky in the heads of furious trees."

Schutt's fearlessness, her passionate honesty, is the source for the language of these splendid stories -- night worlds, which may disturb our composure but enable us to dream while awake.


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Hardback Editions

December 1997 : USA Hardback

Title: Nightwork: Stories
Author(s): Christine Schutt
ISBN: 0-517-19899-1 / 978-0-517-19899-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House Value Publishing
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May 1996 : USA Hardback
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Title: Nightwork: Stories
Author(s): Christine Schutt
ISBN: 0-679-40451-1 / 978-0-679-40451-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Knopf
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Paperback Editions

June 2000 : USA Paperback
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Title: Nightwork (American Literature (Dalkey Archive))
Author(s): Christine Schutt
ISBN: 1-56478-239-5 / 978-1-56478-239-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Dalkey Archive Press
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Kindle Editions

November 2012 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Nightwork: Stories
Author(s): Christine Schutt
Publisher: Knopf
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